Superintendent's Compendium (4.48 MB pdf)
The Superintendent's Compendium lists the special designations, closures, public use limits, permit requirements, and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park.
Help keep the park intact
Washita is a sacred site, not only to the Cheyenne and the Arapaho, but also to the Kiowa, the Commanche and other plains tribes. The stones and shells that you see sitting on top of the granite monument, the colored pieces of cloth or other objects which are tied on the fence or hung in the trees along the trail, all serve as physical and symbolic representations of prayers left by Native Americans today. Where ever you see them, remember that they are an integral part of Native American religious rights. We ask that you please do not disturb, damage, or remove them from where they were first placed. Also, please do not take pictures of the prayer cloths.
Visiting the park with pets
Pets are not allowed on the trails or in buildings (service animals excepted). Pets may be walked along the Dust & Fire Trail and in parking lots. However, pets must be leashed at all times when outside a vehicle. Leaving pets unattended or tied to any object within the park is prohibited, including the exterior of motor vehicles parked within park boundaries.
Please remember that your pet is as susceptible to the heat as you are. Keep your pet hydrated and cool. Pets may be left unattended within motor vehicles with proper ventilation and water, only in weather that is not hazardous to the immediate welfare of the animal.
National Park Service Organic Act
Passed in 1916, this law created the National Park Service and established its mission:
“to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
National Park Service Mission
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout the United States and the world.